The BC SPCA is calling on the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia to enact a ban on declawing cats.
Dr. Emilia Gordon, senior manager of animal health for the BC SPCA says declawing a cat does not just remove the nails, it removes bones of the toes, comparable to amputating all of a human’s fingers at the last knuckle.
But, she says, there are other complicating factors….
Gordon says studies show that 63 per cent of declawed cats experienced abnormal bone growth long-term where the toes have been cut, a condition which can cause severe pain.
The Veterinary Medical Association in Nova Scotia has voted to ban feline declawing, but so far, it’s the only province to do so.